Miguel Cotto's return to the ring will see him square off with
WBA light-middleweight champion Austin Trout.
Rumours had been circulating that Cotto would be engaging in a
rematch with Manny Pacquiao, who defeated him in late 2009.
But instead he's plumped to face unbeaten southpaw Trout on
December 1 in New York.
It is believed that a disagreement over which weight to box at
ended negotiations with Pacquiao's representatives.
Despite this fight be in the United States, Trout, 25 - 0 (14
KOs), will be considered the away fighter due to the large number
of New York domiciled Puerto Rican which turn out for Cotto's
fights in the city.
However, the American says that will not faze him.
"I originally won the title in hostile territory by defeating
Canelo's big brother (Rigoberto Alvarez) in Guadalajara, Mexico,"
"I not only beat him, but I pitched a shut-out. I'm used to
fighting in front of another fighter's fans. It only makes my
accomplishments that much more impressive.
"I know Cotto is a great fighter and a future, first ballot Hall
of Famer, but this is my time in boxing.
"He's had his time. He was a great champion but this is not
going to be another championship winning effort for Miguel."
The fight against Trout will be Cotto's fight action since
losing to pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather Jnr in May.